Daniel Szasz, violin 1
Serghei Tanas, violin 2
Simona Rusu, viola
Ariana Arcu, cello
From left to right: Daniel Szasz, Ariana Arcu, Simona Rusu, Serghei Tanas
More information can be found at: www.arrhythmiaquartet.com
The Birmingham-based Arrhythmia Quartet was founded in 2010, at the initiative of Daniel Szasz, Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. All members of the quartet are natives of Romania and Moldova, graduates of Music Conservatories from Bucharest, Cluj and Kishinev, and now reside in Alabama and Tennessee. The ensemble’s mission is to promote both standard classical and more unusual repertoire. One of the quartet’s major project was a collaboration with Latin Grammy award winner, the late great bandoneon master Raul Jaurena on a CD recording of tangos, including the premiere performance and recording of Raul's Five Senses Suite, that was released in 2016 on Soundbrush Records. During the years, Raul and the quartet performed many times together on tours in Europe and U.S. The members of the quartet are also very involved in supporting Music4Romania (www.music4romania.org), a non-profit organization that helps children in schools and orphanages in Romania while promoting Romanian and American music around the world. Arrhythmia also proudly offers educational concerts tailored specifically for schools and youth organizations, as well as recitals, masterclasses and other events. Please contact us for bookings and more information.
SERGHEI TANAS, VIOLIN 2
Violinist Serghei Tanas was born in Kishinev, Moldova, where he started his violin studies at the age of seven. In 1985, Mr. Tanas continued his studies at the State Conservatory in Kishinev, under the guidance of Nicolai Opritza. In 1986, he won a position with the Kishinev Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and in 1992 he became the concertmaster of the orchestra. Mr. Tanas also performed as soloist with the Kishinev Chamber Orchestra and toured with them throughout Europe, Israel, and the U.S. In 1996, Mr. Tanas became a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, in La Coruna, Spain, and then moved to the U.S. where he freelanced in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. During this time, he studied violin with Dmitry Levin, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 1998, Mr. Tanas lives in Birmingham, Alabama and is a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
SIMONA RUSU, VIOLA
Simona Rusu, a Romanian-born violist, started her musical training at the age of eight, first playing the violin, then later switching to viola. While a student at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Conservatory in Cluj, Romania, she won a position with the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra in Cluj. After graduating from the Conservatory in 1991, Mrs. Rusu joined the National Radio-Television Chamber Orchestra and the Athenaeum Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest, touring extensively throughout Europe. In 1994, Mrs. Rusu moved to the U.S. to continue her viola studies with Hong-Mei Xiao, at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. After receiving her Master Degree from BGSU, she continued her Doctorate studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. While a doctoral student, in 1997, she won a position with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2005, Mrs. Rusu moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she now lives with her husband Radu and their daughter Alexandra. Mrs. Rusu performs as a freelancer with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as well as with other orchestras in the area. She also records frequently with the Nashville String Machine.